Thursday, July 31, 2014

Geo-RoadTrip 2014: Death Valley Part 2

Further down the road brings us to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.  It offers some interesting exhibits and a nice brake from the heat.  The thermometer outside is a popular photo op.  You can see in the above picture that the temperature was 121 degrees.  (It eventually reached 123 degrees while we were there but we didn't get a picture of that.)

At our previous stop, Zabriskie Point, the mineral Borax was mined for years using 20 mule teams.  Inside the Visitor Center is you can see some in both a processed and natural state:

After we cooled down we headed back outside and further down the road to the Devil's Golf Course.  This oddly specific name refers to a particularly brutal portion of the park:

The rocky rough texture of the ground is due to halite salt crystal formations.  You can make out some hexagonal patterns and a better looks at the salt crystals in these pictures:

There's still more park to discover.  Coming next is even more Death Valley!

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